“Baptism is first celebrated by the parish at the Easter Vigil (the night before Easter Sunday) and also celebrated secondarily at other times throughout the year. At St. Jude, Baptism takes place on the third Sunday of each month or by arrangement. A baptismal preparation meeting for parents is held prior to the Baptism.
(Contact the rectory office for more information about adult or infant Baptism arrangements at 313-527-0380.)
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” -Romans 6:3-5″For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” -1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Baptism is the first among three sacraments of Christian initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). It is through the baptism of an individual person in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that one enters the Christian community.
Baptism is a sacrament which nearly all Christian denominations share in common. It is a sacrament that does not need to be repeated. Once a person is baptized into Christ, it is forever.
Catholics believe baptism can happen at any point in a person’s life. It can be the decision of parents to raise their children in a Christian community and so to baptize them as infants; or it can be the decision of a younger child, teenager or adult to be baptized.
By ancient Christian tradition, before baptism takes place, the individual to be baptized must participate in a Christian parish community, must be instructed in the Christian faith, and must be sponsored by at least one baptized Christian adult. For adults, instruction comes through the Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA), for young children and infants, parents and sponsors (Godparents) attend preparation classes.